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Battleship USS Iowa BB-61

250 S Harbor Blvd., Berth 87, San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA 90733
877-446-9261
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Ranked #11 of 385 attractions in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Military Museums
Owner description: Visit the West Coast's only Battleship! Celebrate the American Spirit by stepping through time on the 70 year-old teak decks of Battleship IOWA. Your... more » Owner description: Visit the West Coast's only Battleship! Celebrate the American Spirit by stepping through time on the 70 year-old teak decks of Battleship IOWA. Your tour will take you through the spaces used by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, numerous 5-Star Admirals, Top Ranking Naval Officers and thousands of Enlisted Sailors. You'll love getting up close to the giant 16" Guns, feeling 18" of cold solid steel in the Captain's Bridge, seeing the evolution of weaponry from WWII through the Cold War, hearing first-hand stories from Navy veterans, and experiencing life as a Sailor on the "Big Stick". Your family will be awed by IOWA's proud, historic legacy as one of the fastest and most powerful ships to ever set sail! Battleship IOWA hosts fun seasonal events throughout the year such as the Memorial Day Festival, Independence Day Celebration, Veterans Appreciation Day & more! The IOWA also offers private guided & group tours, school field trips, corporate outings and special event venues. Battleship IOWA is open everyday (except Thanksgiving & Christmas) from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, with the last boarding and ticket sales at 4:00 pm. « less
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San Jose
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54 reviews 54 reviews
21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I have long looked at the USS Iowa BB-61 from the I110 and Highway 1 and from San Pedro and I often say, I need to go there. Why not? We go to libraries ad nausium, we watch documentaries, and go to museums all the time... Why not visit a floating museum that has the lives of sailors written in... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Take the time to see this historic ship if you are into battleships. Tour is a little long, but you see all of the ship.

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Pomona, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

It is a great thing to see the walk through tour has lots of stairs steep and mostly steel. I don't recommend sandals or any type of heels. This is a good place for classroom field trips, But a smaller children probably not good. A chance to see a part of our great country's history. This tour is 10 bucks... More

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Novi, Michigan
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

My family and I are history buffs. My son, in particular, loves anything and everything that has to do with the military and/or World War II. So needless to say, we loved our visit to the Battleship USS Iowa. If you have even the slightest interest in history, this ship is a must see. I'll admit I didn't know much... More

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Burbank, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We had a blast walking the decks & learning it's history (President Roosevelt was once on board!). The personnel were very friendly & informative! Food was good! (BBQ!) More photos here: https://www.facebook.com/darrin.forsythe/media_set?set=a.10202990825344080.1073741871.1007685002&type=3

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Portage, Michigan
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

As you pull into the lot you'll begin to realize that what you're about to see is not your average sight. This incredible example of American industry & military might. One of the first things you see as you step onto the deck is Turret #2 where 47 Sailors died when a powder explosion occurred on April 19, 1989. This... More

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Ventura, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Fantastic piece or world war II history within a couple of hours of most Southern California residents!

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Clifton, Tennessee
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

we really did enjoy our visit to this massive piece of history. It was the most powerful military piece in world history. it is worth your visit. you will enjoy. take your camera

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Long Beach
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Spent a magnificent Father's Day with my kids on board the Iowa. The best part of the tour are the docents who are retired navy veterans who are a wealth of knowledge and history. Great for history buffs and military personnel. One suggestion for future development of the tour is to add historical speech/conversations within the many rooms one gets... More

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Greenfield, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We just visited last Sunday morning. There was no waiting to get on board (other than waiting for the bathroom when we got there--be aware the bathrooms on-site were out-of-order and we had to wait for a single restroom across from the ship entrance). It took us around 3 hours to do the self-guided tour. We wished we could've seen... More

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